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Boston considers regulating short-term rentals on Airbnb

January 22, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is looking to regulate short-term rentals advertised on Airbnb and other websites.

Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh said Monday he’ll file a proposed ordinance to track and regulate the rentals of bedrooms, apartments or entire houses for days or weeks at a time to visitors and tourists.

The proposal requires City Council approval.

Walsh says his plan will deter landlords from converting too many housing units into short-term rentals. Housing advocates complain the rentals amount to unregulated hotels that exacerbate an already tight housing market.

Walsh’s proposal requires short-term rental operators register with the city, pay an annual fee and limit the number of nights a unit can be booked per year.

Airbnb and other booking platforms would also be required to provide the city monthly data on rental listings.

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